Mary Nisbet-Smith From Annerley Wins 2021 Artforce Brisbane 12 & Under Award

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Eight-year-old Mary Nisbet-Smith from Annerley has won the 2021 Artforce Brisbane Best 12 & Under Award with her original artwork, “Peggy the Five Leggy.”

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“Peggy the five leggy’ is based on the story of a five-legged huntsman spider that Mary once found. She caught it and nursed it back to health on a diet of crickets and grasshoppers. It grew back its three missing legs and now has eight legs again.

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Mary’s parents Susan and Tom Nisbet-Smith helped her bring the story to life with her artwork. 

The awarding ceremony, held at the City Hall on Tuesday 26 April 2022, showcased the incredible works of art painted on traffic infrastructure across the city as part of the Artforce initiative.

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“For more than 20 years, residents have been injecting life and colour into our suburbs by transforming mundane traffic signal boxes and Energex transformers into colourful artworks, reflecting the charm and character of their neighbourhoods,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said. 

“The great thing about Artforce is that it’s open to all Brisbane residents, no matter their age or artistic background and is an opportunity for emerging artists to develop their skills through practical experience in the community,” he said.

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“As well as fostering local artists, providing exposure and networking opportunities within the arts community, Artforce brings life and colour to the suburbs, while creating more to see and do in our spectacular city.”

About Artforce Brisbane

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Artforce Brisbane is a community art program that gives local residents the opportunity to paint their original artworks on traffic signal boxes around Brisbane suburbs.

Since it began in 1999, the Brisbane City Council initiative has welcomed more than 5,000 volunteers who’ve painted over 1,200 boxes.

The Council owns and manages over 1,000 Traffic Signal Boxes (TSBs) which house the electronic controls for traffic lights and are located at signalised road intersections and crossings.  

Each year, the number of TSBs grows as Council replaces old cabinets and upgrades intersections. Every year these boxes, along with a small number of Energex Padmount Transformers, provide around 80 Artforce Brisbane painting opportunities across the city.

The 2022 Awards nominations will open in June.